Title: American homes and gardens
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Subjects: Architecture, Domestic Landscape gardening
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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n passed on to theFrench style of white and gold, andfinally the brass inlay of Napoleonicday. Seats of cane work again cameinto vogue and were varied by cov-erings of needlework, of morocco, orstriped and variegated horsehair.Damasks and finely printed silkswere also used, as Dame Fashiondecreed. The curved piece which Sheratonintroduced about 1800 remained thefavorite chair pattern for a century,although it lost the brass mountswhich he intended. The Sheraton was succeeded bythe Empire, which came in about theyear 1804 and lasted until 1830, thelast of the three cabinet makers liv-ing long enough for his styles to beinfluenced by that of the heavy Em-pire period. The early Empire furniture washeavy and stiff, particularly whenmade by English makers. While theFrench decorated their furniturewhich was made of mahogany andcoarse wood, with metal, the Eng-lish used half brass. The return todarkened mahogany gave a revivalof brass and wood which were thecharms of the court of the Empress
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Chippendale ladder-back chair (1755) form of ornamentation. Heppel-white furniture was often placed inan Adam house, and in such caseswas especially designed to harmon-ize with ks surroundings. Never-theless, even the decorative orna-ments by no means exclusively fol-lowed the lines laid down by Adam,many ideas being taken from LouisSeize type, and numerous examplesshowed, especially in outline,marked originality in treatment. The furniture was fanciful, light,and showed fine lines. When thecity of Salem was at the height ofher mercantile prosperity and herwharves were bustling scenes of lad-ing and unlading cargoes, and whenher harbor was the rendezvous ofquaintly rigged vessels, another styleof furniture was brought into thiscountry—wonderful pieces of teak-wood, and many examples of thisfurniture, especially of the chairswith their rich and elegant carving,are still to be found in many a Salemhome. There are few more beautifulpieces than those to be found in thishistoric city. So
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